A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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Synonym for the word “time card”

I'm looking for a synonym for the word "time card" or "clock card". I try to find a word for a card with which you can track your work times on a certain device your employe installs for its workers. ...
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What is the origin of 'aqualung'?

I don't mean the diving equipment, but used as a synonym to 'homeless man'. Is it used as a common phrase or just an invention of Ian Anderson.
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in function of - unrelated to math

Please, take a look at the following: "Friends" and "foes" are, according to Carl Schmitt, defined in function of their capacity to respectively enhance or diminish the power of one's own state. ...
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Disambiguating fictitiousness

I think that confronted with the statement: The claim is fictitious. or even The claim is made up. most people would interpret it to mean, "The claim was actually made, but its content is ...
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Borrowed idea synonym

I am preparing a presentation to pitch for an 'idea' that I think should be implemented in my team. The problem is that it is not something new and it is not my brainchild. Several implementations of ...
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Repeat vs Repetition - are they exactly the same?

Can the proverb "Repetition is the mother of studies" be replaced by "Repeat is the mother of studies"? Repeat can also be used as a noun, and according to many dictionaries, both repeat and ...
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Head word for Synonyms and Word Families?

Is there a word/term/phrase that means the designated word to represent a collection of related words? Dictionaries use a "head" or "root" word for variants (House: >Houses, >Housing, >Housed) - is ...
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Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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Likelihood of Change

Let's say I'm trying to describe two things that change. The first changes often and the second changes less often. Is there a better word than "volatility" to use in the following scenario? Is it ...
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Is there a word that means “removing noise from communication”?

I'm trying to find a way to describe improving the Signal to Noise ratio of a communication/message succinctly. Using the entire phrase over and over gets clunky. Phrases that are close, but don't ...
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Double-edged sword synonym

Can someone give me a few synonyms of "Double-edged sword"? I generally need a phrase that describes a situation that can go good and bad.
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Single word to differentiate animal that likes everyone vs. “one-person dog”

What is the English word that means "likes everyone" (as opposed to being attached to one person)?
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Does a hummingbird just hover, or can it be described as, “Hovering stationary?”

Any help with my question will be appreciated. Does a hummingbird just hover, or can it be described as, “Hovering stationary?” Excerpt from my new manuscript."Hooter Hornbuckle and Barnabus ...
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Synonyms of “hand in”

I'm looking for synonyms of "hand in" which means "give something", often used in this kind of context: I will hand in my paper tomorrow. Any suggestions?
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Why are there so many words that mean “whore” and what's the difference? [closed]

whore[hɔr] hustler['hʌslɚ] doxy ['dɒksɪ] strumpet[ˈstrʌmpɪt] harlot['hɑrlət] courtesan ['kɔrtɪzn] trull[trʌl] cocotte[kɒ'kɒt] trollop['trɑləp] what's the difference between them?
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Usage of the word “curious” in the meaning of peculiar: always correct or only as 'artistic' form? [closed]

To me the word "curious" would be something you can be i.e. I am curious what tomorrow will bring I recently read a text of a student I was supervising which used it as follows A curious ...
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What is another way of saying “final solution?”

"Final Solution" is not the optimal phrase to use because it has a negative historical reference. When working on a project, I'd like to find a phrase that describes the process of evolving solutions ...
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Word meaning “clear” or “remove” and starting with an O?

Is there a word with a meaning similar to "clear," "clear out," or "remove," or perhaps "fight," but starting with the letter O? I want to start an initiative at work to gradually clear out warnings ...
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What's that word that means “typical of / a small version of / illustrative of”?

I want so say that the battle between video rental store franchise companies like Hollywood Entertainment Corporation and internet video streaming companies like Netflix is something of the shift that ...
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A single word meaning “success but not without hard work”?

Looking for a very niche definition for a friend, she wants to find a single word that encapsulates the general meaning, "success, but not without hard work" for an article she is writing.
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Good verb for “to make more concise”? [duplicate]

There seem to be many good adjectives to descibe a sentence which effectively gets the point across without wasting words: "concise", "succinct", "terse", "pithy". But what is a good verb to make ...
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Asceticism vs. Monasticism

What is the difference between asceticism and monasticism? It seems that in practice they are effectively synonymous; if this is the case, do they have differing origins? I've included the first ...
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Synonym for “ready to use”?

What is a good adjective for something that is ready for use, in the sense that it was prepared in advance (besides "ready" or "prepared")? Example usage: "This (adjective) document is immediately ...
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Synonyms of quality in the technical context

I am writing a technical specification for a product portfolio containing a series of related products, differentiated by quality, well, sort of. I am looking for a synonym of the term quality which ...
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Can “allophone” be used to mean “nonnative”?

Do you use allophone in replacement of nonnative? And, do you have more expressions meaning nonnative?
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More formal synonyms for “telephone tag”?

Definition of telephone tag: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_tag I thought of "back-and-forth" as a noun synonym for "tag." Since http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/thesaurus/ had not helped, I ...
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How would you name a chief administrator role?

Say, I have an administrative role in my software application which is intended to assign other roles among other administrators. So I'm looking for a simple and clear name for that senior ...
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Archaic gradation words/constructs synonymous to “more” and “less”?

Are there any adverbs/pronouns (or sentence constructs) that fulfilled the gradation role of more and less in Early Modern English, that currently fell out of use or exist only in marginal, archaic or ...
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Word for two things that are opposite yet the same

Is there a word or short phrase that describes two contrasting ideas the ultimately end up the same? Like two ends of a spectrum that can wrap around? I'm using it to describe two foils for a ...
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Non-vulgar, informal verb for defecate [duplicate]

How can I write about somebody defecating without resorting to childish phrases like 'having a poopoo'. Is there an equivalent to 'pee' (which can be used by adults to mean urinate) for defecating? ...
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“Scratch-work” synonym

Mathematicians often have to perform calculations on paper (maybe often is an understatement). To describe this, I have always referred to it as "scratch-work". Is there any alternate way I could ...
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deduce vs educe vs induce

deduce = 1. arrive at (a fact or a conclusion) by reasoning; draw as a logical conclusion: educe = 1.1. infer (something) from data: induce = 4. Logic derive by inductive reasoning: ...
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Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far... Thanks!
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What is the superlative of long-term?

I was writing my history essay earlier today on the effects of the First World War and in my conclusion I was comparing the four causes I had discussed in the essay. I then was half-way through my ...
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Provoke in a good way

What is the word for provoking some one in a good way to do something good? My research shows provoke is means to induce anger in a person to do something. I have found "inspired" but it doesnt give ...
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Is there a word that conveys this concept?

The concept being: Lethargy or apathy caused by a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction caused by disinterest from exposure. The best way I can think to elaborate is to describe it as a state where you ...
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Word or phrase for someone who annoys you as soon as they walk in and start talking

Looking for both a journalistic and perhaps playful term. In a journalistic sense, how would I describe a CEO figure who holds a company meeting and the employees are either annoyed, bored, or rolling ...
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Are pled and pleaded interchangeable past tense of plead?

From this article: http://nation.time.com/2014/02/03/stand-your-ground-michael-dunn-jordan-davis-killing-loud-music/ "Dunn has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges along with three ...
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Can I say “I have been nourishing my passions”?

Can I say "I have been nourishing my passions"? Or something similar to express the figurative fact that "I have been developing and nourishing them"?
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How can I describe lips which are wearing lipstick?

How can I briefly communicate that a character's lips have lipstick on them? I can't say something like "lipstick covered lips", because using "lips" twice sounds awkward. I considered "gloss covered ...
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What does “pave the path for” mean?

what does pave the idiom "pave the path for sth/sb" actually means? and if possible, please provide some alternatives with the same meaning as well.
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Medical Equivalent of Disbarred

If a doctor loses his license to practice is there an equivalent word to disbarred? For example: That lawyer was disbarred The doctor was (medically disbarred).
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Displaying two things scaled differently - ratio?

If got a picture that displays things. As thing A is alot bigger than thing B, I have downsized A. Not mentioning this size adjustment may confuse viewers and transport a wrong message. How can I tell ...
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Is there a pair (at least) of really absolute synonyms in English?

Are there two words that in the same grammatical form have the same set of meanings? In meanings here context of use and necessary construction about the word are included. For example, if one word ...
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What is the difference between nap, snooze and doze?

In the Macmillan's dictionary doze (verb) to sleep for a short time, especially during the day nap (verb) to sleep for a short period of time, usually during the day snooze (verb) to sleep for a ...
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What is the exact synonym for the word “buddy” in female sex [duplicate]

two male people used the word buddy, how a boy call a girl with the same meaning as buddy
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Convoluted Synonym for “Convoluted”

Does anyone know of a complicated, preferably large word that is synonymous with convoluted?
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any differences between fund and funding when used as a noun?

Are there any differences between fund and funding when used as a noun? They seem both to have a meaning of "money made available for a particular purpose", and I was wondering why we need "funding" ...
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Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
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Word for a portmanteau made of two synonyms

Is there a word for a (possibly accidental) portmanteau of two synonyms? For example, say, you contract "liberty" and "freedom" to "liberdom".